Making Staff Redundant?
Many businesses are having to make redundancies due to the difficult economic environment. Making staff redundant can be a stressful experience for both employers as well as employees. We offer free advice to employers forced to make redundancies and guide them though the correct steps of making staff redundant.
Making Redundancies - Legally
The UK government has a multitude guidelines that must be followed that might not always be clear or obvious relating to making redundancies. Whether your business is large or small ALL businesses are bound by redundancy procedures and redundancy legislation. Even if you think you have followed the correct redundancy procedures it is prudent to get a qualified opinion on the process you are about to follow.
The Role Not the Person
A common misconception is that under performing staff can be sacked, laid off or let go under the guise of making staff redundant. Under UK law it is the role and not the person that is being made redundant. If it can be shown that another worker has taken over the tasks of the worker let go the employer is liable to a claim for unfair dismissal in an Employment Tribunal.
Stay Within the Law
You are not alone, every business with employees will have to go through a staff restructuring procedure. Sometimes this requires making employees redundant. Keep your contracts of employment up to date. This is your most important document as it outlines the relationship you have with your employee including situations relating to redundancies, e.g. the redundancy notice . Every business is different so we advise that you call our advisors to review your documentation first and then formulate a plan of action.
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